They might seem straightforward on the surface, but hidden behind them is some remarkable quirk or bizarre piece of trivia that sets them apart.... READ ON
The origins are often more complicated (and fun) than you’d expect.... READ ON
Sauce has come a long way from its original noun meaning, passing through idiom, to adjective, to adjective-forming suffix. Still, it has kept in touch with its roots.... READ ON
Some apples names are really just a desperate cry of “look how yummy I am!” Here are 18 varieties that, frankly, don’t care what you think.... READ ON
When something is named after a person or a place or a company, we call that name an eponym. Eponyms are everywhere—in science, medicine, the arts. This list from our friends at Vocabulary.com focuses on words that are historically eponyms but are so common that their history has been obscured. Here, the hidden history of eponyms is revealed.... READ ON
Last week, we published an item on how crossword puzzles are made. As many, many readers pointed out, we didn't have our facts straight. You deserve better!... READ ON
Some plurals work in unexpected ways.... READ ON
Dr. Ruth was trained as a sniper by the Israeli military.